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Local tribal member suffers loss from tornadoes

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Samuel Pena, a member of the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, survived an F5 tornado that ripped through the heart of Oklahoma. As the tornado spent over 15 minutes on the ground in Moore, Okla., it tore through several homes and businesses and caused more than $1 billion in damage.
Pena and his son took cover at the Briarwood Elementary School.
Pena, though, recalled the harrowing moments as the ultimate moment of survival as he along with his son, Benji, and seven other school boys huddled in the boys bathroom on the southwest side of the school.
There, the last wall remained standing and according to Benji, Samuel lifted and threw large pieces of wall debris off of the young school boys. While they survived the tornado, Pena’s property suffered extensive damage.
Pena wrote to Terry Aguilar, Governor for the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, seeking assistance from the Pueblo. Pena stated that while his home remains standing, there is extensive water damage to the walls as well roof damage.
His home, located on SW 79th Terrace Street, is now made up of temporary walls of board and tarp, while similar materials serve as a roof over their heads.


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